Consent is the voluntary agreement to sexual activities. Sexual assault is a crime in so far as the sexual actions and activities happen without the consent of the individual. Unless a person is 16 years old or older, the law says that the person cannot give consent.

The consent is valid only if it is given freely. If the person is paralyzed by fear or is afraid to react, there is no consent. Moreover, kissing or caressing someone doesn't mean that the person agrees to other sexual activities.

(Source: Guide d’information à l’intention des victimes d’agression sexuelle, Table de concertation sur les agressions à caractère sexuel de Montréal, pages 45-46)


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